have lived my entire life in the Greater Sudbury Area. I was
born in Coniston in 1950, moved to Lively when I was five years
old and remained there until my wife and I were married in 1972.
I was the oldest child in the family and have four brothers and
sisters all of whom still live in the Greater Sudbury Area. My parents, Tom and
Audrey still live in the house in Lively where we were raised.
My father worked as a Superintendent at the Iron Ore
Recovery Plant in Copper Cliff and I
spent my summers during high school and university working at
I graduated in 1972 from Laurentian University with a Bachelor
of Arts Degree in Math and Economics and obtained my Master of
Arts Degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan
University in 1985.
In 1973 I graduated from North Bay
Teachers' College and began a career in Sudbury in the fall of
My wife, Valerie and I bought our first and only house in Val
Therese in the spring of 1974 and still live in the same house
where we raised our three sons, Ryan, Warren and Marty. During
the 40 years we have been living in the Valley I taught
elementary school at St. Anne School for 23 of those years, have
operated several consulting businesses, owned a retail sporting
goods store for a couple of years, managed the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
for five years, and was editor of the Vision Paper for almost
ten years. I also taught at the former St. Jerome Catholic
Elementary School for two years. This school was located in the Sudbury
section of Ward 5.
I currently operate a private practice as a Business Development Consultant, providing education-based marketing and training services to businesses, professionals and
institutions that provide goods and services to the Towns of
Valley East and Capreol. I publish the Valley East Today
Consumers' Guide & Business Directory which is found at
www.valleyeasttoday.ca and has been developed to provide
information to residents living in Wards 5 and 6.
I have also recently become Licensed as a Mortgage Agent (FSCO
License #M14001299) and
will be working with
INC. to provide residential and commercial mortgage products
in the Greater Sudbury Area and also helping that company expand
Valley East Facebook Group has been created to share stories
and information about the community and local businesses with
the residents of Valley East and to let people know what they
can access through the Consumers' Guide. The Facebook Group has
over 2100 members and I have a direct distribution link to over
5000 contacts through three other associated networks. I have a passion for communication,
especially education-based communication designed to inform and
inspire individuals of all ages and walks of life.
I was elected as Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board
in 2010 and represent Area 3 which consistes of Wards 5 and 6. My term ends at the
end of this year.
I made the decision to run for City
Council in 2014 because I feel that I will be in a better
position to make more of a difference to the people living in
Ward 5 and the whole of Valley East as a member of Council.
Besides teaching for 28 years as my full-time profession, my home-based marketing and business consulting company
has allowed me to become very involved with the businesses and
organizations that are in Ward 5. It enabled me to develop many
rewarding relationships with the people who make a difference in
this community and allowed me to get to know the real needs and
priorities of local residents.
Since January 2008 I have hosted a live talk radio at Laurentian
University show called
The Learning Clinic
and I have become
even more connected to a broad range of individuals and
organizations from across the City of Greater Sudbury.
With all of my experience and background, I feel I have knowledge of
the needs of the people in Ward 5; I am connected to the people
of Ward 5; I have the ability to communicate with the people of
Ward 5; and I have been known as a promoter of this part of the
region for the past 40 years. I feel I have the qualifications,
the experience and the passion to represent the people living in
Ward 5 on City Council and I have the vision to bring a new
perspective to the table.
Furthermore, I have the ability
to examine and analyse the reports and presentations, as well as
the legislation and by-laws so that I have a better grasp of the
fundamental issues that we are facing when making decisions at
That is why I have chosen to run for Council at this time. It is
also why I chose to run for the position in Ward 5 which is at
the heart of entire City of Greater Sudbury and is one of the
most dynamic Wards in the region.
This is not a matter of
youth vs. age; making a change of leaders on City Council;
attacking and accusing former Councillors; or laying blame on
This election is about choosing a representative who is
knowledgable of the issues and has an understanding of how the
system works. It is not enough to say you are going to be more
transparent or you are going to bring back an ombudsman, or that
you are not going to raise taxes. Those empty promises won't cut
it this time.
The person chosen to represent Ward 5
will have to
demonstrate that there will be flexibility and the ability to
weigh all options and possibilities. Candidates will not be able
to pull the wool over anyone's eyes this time around. What you
need to do is make sure that you vote for problem solvers who
have a practical approach to dealing with the challenges facing
this City during the next four years. We don't need people who
want your vote because they are younger or trying to convince
you that they can make change happen. We need
people who want your vote because they are the ones who are most
capable of representing your voice at City Council and of
advocating on behalf of the constituents of Ward 5.
We also need people who are able to develop a strategic
plan which will act in the best interests of all of the constituents of
Ward 5. My objective is to act as the "Mayor of Ward 5" and to
make sure that each and every decision I make at City Council
and each and every argument or debate I am resounds clearly what
will be best for Ward 5. If all other Councillors do the same
for their Ward, then at the end of each debate we are certain to
come up with general policies and decisions that are best for
the whole City of Greater Sudbury without any decision being
detrimental to any one or two Wards.
And so, I ask for your vote on October 27, 2014 and if I am
given the responsibility of representing Ward 5 for the next
four years, the only promise I can make is that everyone will
know who I represent.
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